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Bare-metal switches poised to take off in data centers

Stephen Lawson | March 23, 2015
By 2019, more than one-quarter of all switch ports sold will be on open switches.

The savings can be significant. Last year, the average selling price of 10-Gigabit and 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports was US$308, while the price on bare-metal hardware was $112, according to Infonetics. Open hardware will help to drive the cost of those ports even lower over the next four years, Grossner said. Open networking cuts ongoing costs like management, too, he said.


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